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Feb 2019 right left


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 2nd February
The Argory Moy
Normal Admission

Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate


Public Money for Public Goods – Benefits for farmers, rural communities and the environment

Thursday 7th February
Seamus Heaney Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT


Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society

Wednesday 13th February
De Vere Holborn Bars, 138–142 Holborn, London
See website for details


Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast


CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast


Dry Stone Walling

Friday 22nd February
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Free (lunch provided)

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February


Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) Training (Therapeutic route)

Tuesday 26th February
Bradkeel Social Farm, Plumbridge, County Tyrone BT79 8BN 307
£240 inc VAT


Irish Conference 2019 Wading into Water: The Assessment and Management of our Aquatic Environment

Thursday 28th February
Radisson Blu, Athlone
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate) £125.00 CIEEM member (Qual or Retd) £75.00 CIEEM Student Member £30.00 Non Member Ticket £175.00 Student (not a CIEEM member) £50.00

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 28th February
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


Post–Brexit risk “significant” 24 January 2018

Significant risk of reduced environmental protections post–Brexit, reports Greener UK coalition




Greener UK has today published its latest Brexit Risk Tracker, which assesses the UK government’s performance in planning for a green Brexit. It has found that all main areas of environmental policy are still at medium or even high risk of being less protected after we leave the EU.

The government recently published its 25–year plan for the environment, including a pledge to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and plans to consult on a new environmental watchdog. However, Greener UK, a coalition of leading environmental organisations, has found few signs that the environment is a priority for the government in Brexit negotiations, despite the significant impact Brexit could have.

For example, the Risk Tracker finds that air quality, chemicals and waste are still at high risk of seeing lower protection post–Brexit. The UK is in breach of the Ambient Air Quality Directive and its most recent plan in July 2017 was largely similar to a widely criticised earlier draft. Accompanying guidance to local authorities has lacked detail to meet important legal tests. Greener UK is concerned that the government’s approach is an indication of its likely approach to air quality after the UK leaves.

On chemicals, the UK has asserted that it wants to adopt important rules imposed by the EU regulatory regime, REACH, but campaigners have made it clear that this would be far less effective than staying in REACH with access to its database of safety information. On waste, despite the government’s announcement on plastic, Greener UK highlights that WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) has just announced the loss of around 25 jobs, a tenth of its staff, after years of budget cuts from government.


To deliver a green Brexit, Greener UK believes that better co–operation is needed both with the EU and within the UK, and that concerns around capacity to deliver a green Brexit must be resolved.

Greener UK points to disagreements between the UK and EU on emissions trading as exposing divisive tactics that threaten high environmental standards and future collaboration with the EU. The coalition also points to a forum of UK and devolved government ministers responsible for planning Brexit, which has so far demonstrated little commitment to adopting common frameworks that would ensure a high level of environmental protection across the UK.

The Risk Tracker also highlights particular concerns about the capacity of government to plan for and deliver a green Brexit. A recent National Audit Office report has prompted questions about Defra’s capacity to deliver the second most demanding Brexit workload of all departments and to maintain current environmental standards while sustaining significant budget cuts.

Shaun Spiers, chair of Greener UK and executive director of Green Alliance, said:

“Michael Gove has been a highly engaged and effective environment secretary and the prime minister has promised to put the environment at the centre of government policy.

“Yet these green aspirations have not carried over to the government’s narrative on Brexit. There are serious concerns about the level of future co–operation between the UK government and the EU, and the impact this will have on issues such as climate change and air quality. We also fear there is a lack of willpower to ensure high standards across the UK when we lose the common frameworks currently provided by the EU.

“In the last fortnight the government has pledged to be a global leader on plastic waste, but has made swingeing cuts to one of the main bodies charged with reducing it. There are big questions about whether the government is willing to devote the resources necessary to deliver a green Brexit.

“As the government has said, Brexit presents opportunities to restore and enhance our environment. This will not happen without adequate resources and better co–operation between the UK government and the EU, and within the UK.”

Read the full press release here…